One of those brilliant books that i will always remember. Those books that poke at so many emotions and leave you wishing there was more. This is the second SK book i have read, and it blew me away. Currently classified as 'Horror', and i agree, But i think it is more of a 'Horror/tragedy'.
The scenes in the last few pages threatened to make me cry whilst i was amongst my family on holiday, and that is quite a feat. Jack Torrance is officially my favorite character. If you have watched the Stanley Kubrick (i think thats the name) movie version of the book, then you have seen nothing at all of the books potential. The book is heart wrenching, aswell as freaky, disturbing, and scary as SH!*
The TV mini series version of the book is very close to the book but still not as good. I think it is a google-zillion times better than the Kubrick version, because it attempts to focus more on the tragedy, as opposed to the horror.
Focusing more on SK usuall horror/thriller writing, i must say this is also... no actually. it is probably the FIRST and ONLY book i have read so far in my life that really did freak me out. I am a fan of horror films, i watch them alot, and the gore and blood doesnt bother me as much as it should. SK's work however, made my skin crawl. The way he has written it, described it, gives a whole new level of horror that films just cant capture. The part where Jack Torrance goes to check on room 217. I dont know how much i can say without spoiling it, but i gotta' say the part where he sees something in the bath-tub through the curtain. And the way the door knob rattles whilst hes trying to lock the door. *Shivers*
All in all- Masterpiece. A MUST read. A perfect book that does what you expect, and a hell of alot more. Please read this, you just HAVE to understand how good it is!:(